Liturgy: What Is It?

I’m not sure how much you know or understand about liturgy, but I will assume for the sake of this email that it is a fairly limited amount, not because I think you are ignorant or stupid, but only because I assume it hasn’t been on your theological radar per se (as...

Sacramental Perspective on the Presence of God

What a reading! Today was all about Solomon's dedication of the temple.  What struck me was the incredible mystery of having God be specially in a human location.  Solomon was no fool.  He was aware that "even the skies and the highest heavens cannot contain you, much...

It Isn’t Supposed to Be Easy

It was the NBA finals.  The Spurs were in a battle destined to be a classic.  It was nearing the end of a crucial game and the opponents had the momentum.  Greg Popivich, the Spurs head coach called a time-out and then, with an impassioned plea, gave his team the...

Holy Dependency

We were exchanging emails about how to get to a communion service on vacation.  Here is a tiny extract from the conversation: I know exactly what you mean by needing to go.  There's a holy dependency that's beginning to form.  We (you and I) actually rely on the...

The Relationship between Rights and Morality

We have become a society obsessed with people’s rights.  One very prevalent type of right, is the right to choose.  We have demanded rights to choose many things: Privacy: The government needs to prevent people from snooping in our mail Career Choice: Indentured...

Falling in Love With the Church

I've never heard of the song, but I love the lyrics!  (X) and I were out last week and we talked quite a bit about different issues, but one was loving and adoring and defending the Church. We both feel we are doing that more and more. I would say we are learning to...

Where Does The Authority Lie?

I found this very interesting book called, "Jesus Through the Centuries" (on my mother-in-law's bookshelf) by Jaroslav Pelikan who was possibly the greatest scholar of church history and the history of doctrine of the last 50-100 years. Pelikan was Lutheran all his...

Teaching the Bible

An excellent Christian scholar (X) was explaining how he lays out all the different views on a subject, then lets the reader decide which he thinks is best.  Here was an email regarding (X)'s practice. In the podcast, he says he takes the warning to teachers in the...

The Devout Life

 From The Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales When God the Creator made all things, he commanded the plants to bring forth fruit each according to its own kind; he has likewise commanded Christians, who are the living plants of his Church, to...